Theresa Moerman Ib is a Glasgow-based artist and filmmaker, born in 1977 in The Netherlands and raised between England, Belgium and Denmark. In 2013 she was selected for the Catlin Guide, an annual collection of the 40 most promising new graduate artists in the UK.
Since then, her work has garnered several accolades and has been shown both in the UK and internationally. In 2015, the Scottish Documentary Institute, Creative Scotland and Channel Four commissioned her to make The Third Dad, an experimental short documentary. The BAFTA Scotland New Talent award-winning film, also named Best UK Short at London’s East End Film Festival, was selected for more than 25 film festivals and curated screenings worldwide and has received almost 400,000 views as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Her practice is multidisciplinary focusing mainly on film, photography and curation. Memory and folklore are recurring themes in her work as is the appropriation and repurposing of found materials. Inspired by biography and psychology, her work embraces the personal narrative as a performance that can be constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed each time is it retold.
For Moerman Ib’s work at Hidden Door 2017, she has been inspired by the history of Leith Theatre as a venue for musical performances and stage plays. Also informing the artist’s research is a personal excavation of her interest in folk music and her own past in amateur theatre, which came to an abrupt halt due to the sudden onset of stage fright at the age of 19.
The work will consist of an experimental film created especially for the festival, accompanied by supporting sculptural installations. These will explore the idea of silenced voices (both the artist’s own and that of the theatre), while playing with the concept of performance as a mask that can be used to conceal the artist’s emotion from the onlooker.